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Which came first: the Whopper or the Big Mac? Find out the answer, plus more fun facts you never knew about the 61-year-old burger.
It predates the Big Mac
By more than ten years, as a matter of fact! While McDonald’s and Burger King have both been around since the 1950s, Mickey D’s didn’t introduce the Big Mac until 1968. The Whopper, meanwhile, debuted in 1957, when co-founder Jim McLamore noticed that a rival burger joint was having success with an extra-large burger. He chose the name “Whopper” as one that would automatically conjure thoughts of something big.
Its original price was 37 cents
Ah, how times have changed. When the Whopper first debuted in the 1950s, it would only set you back 37 cents, according to Politico. Today, you’ll get one for an average of $ 4.19. In 2012, though, the price did drop back down to 55 cents. Well, sort of—it was a buy-one-get-one deal, in celebration of the burger’s 55th anniversary.
Whopper or Big Mac?
This seems to be the primary question that American burger aficionados are most inclined to argue about, simply because they’re the most popular burgers at their respective franchises. But in actuality, it’s really not comparing apples to apples. The Whopper, with its quarter-pound patty, is actually much more similar to a 1997 addition to the McDonald’s menu, the Big N’ Tasty. Meanwhile, Burger King introduced a burger with two patties called “the Big King,” also in 1997. Despite those not-so-veiled attempts to recreate the competition’s signature sandwich, the primary rivalry between the Whopper and the Mac remains. Check out more facts you never knew about the McDonald’s Big Mac.